End Rows Nov. 16, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Soil tests for new CRP contracts

Producers with new CRP contracts that were offered during the recent General CRP sign-up are reminded that soil tests are required to determine nutrient needs for their CRP practices.

The minimum requirement is one soil sample for each 20 acres, or portion thereof, OR one per field.

The soil tests are required before the CRP's Conservation Plan can be completed and the contract approved.

Reporting prevented planted wheat

The last day to report Prevented Planted wheat is November 30. Procedure states that Prevented Planted acreages must be reported within 15 days of the final planting date, which for wheat is November 15.

Prevented Planted wheat reported after November 30 will be considered late-filed and will cost the producer $46 per farm.

Prevented Planting means that you were unable to plant the intended crop acreage with proper equipment by the final planting date for the crop type because of a natural disaster.

Reporting Prevented Planting acreages is necessary for crop insurance claims and maintains an accurate cropping history for your farm.

The final date to report planted wheat and other small grains is June 30.

Owners authorization

Landowners who are thinking about selling their land are reminded that FSA needs written authorization from them before we can give out information on their farms to potential buyers.

The wording of the authorization must include:

--who the information can be given to (anyone who asks or a specific person),

--what information (all information pertinent to that farm or limited to certain program participation such as DCP, ACRE, or CRP),

--the specific farm number if you own more than one farm.

The authorization must be in writing, signed and dated by the landowner(s), and in our office before any information can be given out.

The authorization can be faxed to us or scanned and emailed as long as there is a valid signature we can see.

You can contact us at 660-886-7447, extension 2 to get our fax number or an email address.

New financial



Producers who have level 2 e-authentication access can use the new Public Financial Management Information web page.

The website allows producers to generate reports that show both current and historical financial information.

This resource will allow users to view details on payments, collections and outstanding debt.

The website is a great tool for producers to conveniently access financial information at any time.

To view the Financial Management Information web page, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/fmi.

Please contact your county office if you have any questions regarding the web page. Note: Website use requires level 2 e-authentication access.

Follow the steps below to obtain level 2 access...

1. Go to www.eauth.egov.usda.gov, complete a customer profile and submit it online.

2. After submitting your customer profile, you will receive a confirmation email, and you must respond to it within 7 days to activate your account.

3. Then you must complete the "Identity Proofing" process by visiting a local USDA Service Center and presenting a photo ID, such as your driver's license.